Halkan ka Akhriso Shaqooyin Banaan
Communications Associate, Hargeisa – Service Contract (SC-7) (Somali Nationals Only)
Communicating in crisis and post-crisis settings has many challenges, one of them being a possible perception of alignment with one party or the other to the conflict. There is often a risk of misunderstanding of the mandate of UNDP. The particular nature of the Somalia situation requires complex messaging to maintain the credibility of the organization and ensure that its work is perceived as serving all Somalis. At the same time, a clear communications strategy and approach that is aligned with the Country Programme strengthens partnerships and supports resource mobilization.
The Partnerships and Planning Unit (PPU) is a central unit within UNDP Somalia that supports effective and efficient programme delivery, with a view to maximizing results and impact. The PPU directly supports the main programmes with expert services tailored to a crisis and post-crisis context. While quality assurance remains a core programmatic function, PPU and Sub-Office programme teams will ensure overall consistency with corporate standards, policies and procedures. The Communications Unit comes under the PPU as its work is complementary to other key services offered by the PPU, including Monitoring and Evaluation, Donor Relations and Resource Mobilization, and Reporting.
It is in this context that UNDP would like to recruit one Communications Associate for each of its Hargeisa and Garowe Sub-Offices to support the implementation of its communication strategy and outreach work in Somalia. The incumbent will form a part of the core Sub-Office programme team. Under the direct supervision of the Sub-Office M&E Specialist and technical guidance of the Communications Specialist (Nairobi), the Communications Associate will work in close collaboration with the Sub-Office programme and project staff.
The selection criteria and qualifications for the position are:
- Secondary education (University Degree in Social Sciences, Communications or Journalism is desirable but not a requirement)
- 4 years of relevant experience in communications, public relations
- Experience working for a development or humanitarian organization an asset
- Experience in video production and photography is desirable
- Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.) essential
- Experience in Indesign and Final Cut Pro desirable
- Fluency in English and Somali
For more information on this vacancy and details on how to apply please go to: http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?cur_job_id=34019
The closing date for receipt of applications is 17th December 2012
Issued on: 13 December 2012
Hargeisa, Somaliland. Frequent travels to other towns in Somalia.
6 months with possibility for extension
31 December 2012
The UN Joint Programme on Local Governance and Decentralised Service Delivery (JPLG) for Somalia is a 5 year Programme of ILO, UNCDF, UNDP, UN-Habitat and UNICEF. Extension of the JPLG for another 5 years has been agreed between the key donors, Somali authorities and the UN partners. JPLG is aligned to the programming frameworks of the Somalia Reconstruction and Development Programme 2008-12 and the UN Somali Assistance Strategy 2011-15. JPLG applies a comprehensive approach to rendering local governments as credible and professional service providers, increasing public investment in basic services, and strengthening civic awareness and participation in local decision-making and development. The overall objectives are: 1) Communities have equitable access to basic services through local government, and 2) Local governments are accountable and transparent. Strong emphasis will be placed on gender and women in local government, human rights and local governance, and good governance principles of transparency, accountability and participation.
The JPLG emphasizes the development and implementation of an institutional capacity building package both at district and community level, and support for the development of appropriate local government policy along with legal and regulatory frameworks. As part of its work plan for 2011-2012, the JPLG will review and facilitate formulation, harmonization and implementation of laws and regulations related to local government.
Under the overall supervision of the National Programme Officer of UN-Habitat Hargeisa Office, and the direct supervision of the Human Settlements Officer (HSO) and Associate Human Settlements Officer (AHSO) of the UN Joint Programme on Local Governance, and the urban planner is expected to, but are not limited to, perform the following duties:
I. Assistance to Urban Planning Activities in JPLG
1. Work closely with the AHSO and HSO in the implementation of all aspects of UN-Habitat’s
Urban Planning activities,
2. Promote strong local ownership of activities and outputs of the Urban Planning component,
3. Increase the effectiveness and ensure timely actions of UN-Habitat urban planning activities through regular consultations and follow-up with local partners,
4. Advise the AHSO and HSO about changes in the political situation in the three regions of Somalia that may impact on the implementation of Urban Planning activities,
5. Organise for progress and review meetings with relevant authorities,
6. In coordination with AHSO and HSO, develop spatial planning strategy and policy of UN-Habitat for Somalia, revise urban planning related law and regulations, and draft a strategy for urban plan formulation, implementation and approval mechanism for the three regions of Somalia.
7. Prepare for and support conduct of seminars, workshops, etc. under the urban planning component,as guided by the AHSO and HSO and in collaboration with other UN-Habitat staff,
8. Support Districts departments of planning, district municipalities with regard to on-the- job training on urban planning related activities including database development, data collection and use of geographical information system, road network planning and so on.
II. Support to Land and Urban Management Institute (LUMI) in Somaliland
9. Support coordination with national and local counterparts, districts and the National Urban Planning Committee in particular, in the capacity building and operational support for LUMI in the fields of urban planning activities, including the Urban Regulatory Framework, and conducting training on urban planning,
III. General Programme management support
- Liaise with other UN-Habitat staffs to ensure full and timely support to UN-Habitat external consultants under the Urban Planning component, when relevant,
- Assist in timely programme and financial reporting on the urban planning component to the UN- Habitat Nairobi liaisons office,
- Provide inputs to the formulation of project proposals and concept notes,
- Backstop the preparation and implementation of UN- Habitat Annual Work Plans, Terms of Reference for staff and implementing partners, and organization of seminars/workshops,
- Contribute to the monitoring and evaluation of UN- Habitat urban planning programmes and projects in the three regions of Somalia, concerning the effectiveness and impact of the urban planning programme and projects through networking with partners, field visits, document reviews, preparation of reports, identification of problems and issues and proposal of addressing problems and propose improvements and changes as required,
- Any other related tasks as assigned by AHSO and HSO.
All tasks listed above will include continuous consultations with UN-Habitat and with local stakeholders on the ground including preparatory activities at the discretion of the consultant.
- Professionalism:Strong technical skill in spatial planning, urban land use planning, urban land use regulatory framework, conceptual and analytical capacity with ability to conduct independent analysis and evaluation, to identify issues, and to formulate sound recommendations.
- Communication:Ability to edit/revise a variety of reports and to articulate ideas in a clear and concise manner.
- Client orientation: Able to establish and maintain productive partnerships by gaining trust and respect; to identify needs and find solutions; to monitor developments; to anticipate problems, and to keep partners informed of progress or setbacks
- Planning and Organizing: Ability to develop clear strategies that are consistent with agreed work plans; to identify priority tasks; to foresee risks and allow for contingencies when planning; to monitor and adjust plans and actions as necessary
Advanced degree in urban and regional planning, site planning, architecture, urban studies related disciplines.
Minimum 5 years experience in spatial planning, urban land use planning, urban regulatory framework, in developing countries context; Experience working with spatial strategic plan. Experience in post-conflict and prop-poor countries` situations is preferred.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English and Somali (both oral and written) is required.
Be familiar with and loyal to the goals of UN-Habitat and UN. Willingness to travel in ther regions of Somalia. Sound judgment, analytical skills, networking and interpersonal skills, and report/project writing skills.
UN staff should submit the last two performance appraisal reports (PAR).
Please send “Cover memo” explaining competencies for the position (maximum 1 page) and your curriculum vitae and/or P-11 form marked “Urban Planner ’’ to email: email@example.com.
Deadline for applications: 31 December 2012
PLEASE NOTE THAT APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AFTER THE DEADLINE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
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